Hot-air balloons leave from Innes Common at dawn on the second day of the Balloons Over Waikato Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held annually, the five-day event attracts balloonists from New Zealand and around the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Walter / Getty ImagesLink
Chinese tourists get their picture snapped during a visit to the Siraj garden, which has more than 1.2 million tulip bulbs of around 70 varieties and will be officially open to the public on Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
Afghan National Army non-commissioned officer recruits march through colored smoke during a parade to mark a graduation ceremony at the Turkish-run Camp Ghazi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD MASOOD / ReutersLink
Severe weather moves in over the vehicle-assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SCOTT AUDETTE / ReutersLink
A staff member leads members of the media up an escalator at the new "pre-flight" area at the Singapore Flyer. The Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world at 541 feet (165 meters) high, will reopen Friday after 11 days of maintenance work.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM CHONG / ReutersLink
A Libyan rebel rocket launcher misfires while shelling pro-Kadafi forces along the front line outside Brega.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Nasser / Associated PressLink
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier, left, removes mud from a high school gymnasium during a joint operation with the U.S. military. Since the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, Japan's army has sent 100,000 troops, roughly half of the total force, to the worst-hit areas to lead the immense recovery effort.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated PressLink
A police officer looks at the skateboard belonging to a man whose legs were severed after being hit by a freight train along the Union Pacific tracks east of Cherry Avenue north of Artesia Boulevard.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
A member of the Georgian police bomb-disposal unit inspects a bag suspected of containing explosives.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MDZINARISHVILI / ReutersLink
A female anti-government protester, center, pours water on other demonstrators to cool them while attending noon prayers during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Demonstrators wear white masks during a protest against legal expulsions of squatters and homeless people from properties, after a winter "grace period" during which expulsions could not take place.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN LANGSDON / EPALink
Contestants have makeup applied in a dressing room before the 6th China Super Model Final on the last day of China Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / ReutersLink
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